Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tandy Kakes!

Am I the only one who remembers Tandy Kakes?  I believe it was Hostess who used to make them, and they would sit right next to the chocolate hostess cakes at the convenience stores or gas stations.  I haven't seen them in a long time, and not sure if they are still in circulation but boy oh boy do I miss them!

I had a major craving for them the other day (who doesn't crave peanut butter and chocolate on a vanilla cake??) so I decided to go for it and work out a recipe.  They came out pretty good - not Hostess good, but they were tasty.  Let me know what you think!

Tandy Kakes
4 eggs
2 c sugar
1 c fat free evaporated milk
1 vanilla bean
2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 c creamy peanut butter
1 - 2 c chocolate (depending on how thinly you spread it) - chocolate chips, bakers chocolate, whatever you want to use
2 T butter

Preheat oven to 350.  Beat eggs and sugar together until thick and creamy.  Beat in milk and vanilla bean.  in another bowl combine the next 2 ingredients.  Gradually add to the egg mixture and mix well.  Spread into a greased 13x9 baking pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool 15 minutes.  Spread peanut butter over the warmed cake.  Cook completely.  Melt chocolate and butter in microwave for about a minute and a half, checking & stirring after one minute.  Gently spread over peanut butter and chill until firm (about 30 minutes).  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Overnight Wonder - What A Wonder It Is!!

This meal truly is a wonder.  It's amazing.  I will never understand how throwing such simple ingredients together and letting them sit over night makes them magical.  How does that work?  I don't know, and honestly I don't care.

This recipe has been in my family for a few years now.  I don't know where I got it, but I bless the soul of the brilliant person who came up with this one.

I couldn't snap a picture of if before it was half eaten, so it wouldn't have looked very appetizing, but the next time I make it, I will add a picture to this post.

You have to let this sit over night.  No cutting corners.  Trust me.

Overnight Wonder
8oz noodles (and shape will do)
1 lb ground meat (I use beef or bison)
1 can tomato sauce
salt & pepper
8oz cottage cheese (I use fat free)
8oz cream cheese (I use fat free)
1/4 c sour cream (I use fat free)
1/3 c minced onion
1/4 c chopped red pepper
2 T margarine

Cook noodles and drain.  Saute meat.  Stir in tomato sauce.  Add salt & pepper to taste.  Combine next 5 ingredients in a bowl.  Layer casserole as follows: ½ the noodles, cheese mixture, remaining noodles, margarine, meat mixture.  Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours but preferable over night.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

SO good.  Serve this with a quick salad, and enjoy!